the moon looks almost exactly like this tonight. see the silver crescent? and the shadow across the face of the moon? that’s earthshine! i learned that last night. how mother truckin’ cool is that?!
With an age of 4.5 billion years, “young” might not seem an appropriate word to describe our Moon. But tonight, you have an exceptional opportunity to see what astronomers call a “young Moon” — a slender crescent visible in the early evening sky. With New Moon having occurred early yesterday afternoon, only 2 percent of our satellite’s disk appears illuminated after sunset tonight. (Tomorrow evening, a 6-percent-lit lunar crescent hangs noticeably higher in the sky.) You should notice an ashen light faintly illuminating the Moon’s dark side. This is “earthshine,” sunlight reflected by Earth that reaches the Moon and then reflects back to our waiting eyes.
i am a crazy lovesick star hound. practically howling when it is crystal clear, the night air is cold, and the stars are blooming across the black carpet of sky. oh oh oh. it is wonderous!
and… jupiter, mars, venus, and saturn are all making appearances in the early morning & night sky right now.
i raced out of my house in my underpants before dawn the other day to try and see venus.
and yesterday i stood in my yard alone looking at the moon through my regular binoculars and it was v. exciting.
but now the astro binocs have arrived. oy!
and they came with a tripod mount. so i hooked them up and tonight i’ll be throwing my head back and see what jupiter’s got up to since last night.
enchantment i know your name.
and also i discovered brian cox and am catching all of his episodes of STARGAZING LIVE over on youtube.
i’ve got stardust in my eyes. i’m stalking the milky way. i’ve lost whatever was left of my mind.
i hope all of this makes sense. because i don’t have time to edit. i have 90 minutes till bedtime and there’s some stars i gotta go look at!